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Old 10-04-2017, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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I seem to find that the prices are not that much lower (if at all) than what the hotel themselves can provide. I like dealing directly with the hotel/airlines myself because if there is a problem they are the ones that I can talk with not some third party at a distant location over the phone or internet.
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Old 10-06-2017, 04:17 AM
 
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I seem to find that the prices are not that much lower (if at all) than what the hotel themselves can provide. I like dealing directly with the hotel/airlines myself because if there is a problem they are the ones that I can talk with not some third party at a distant location over the phone or internet.
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:13 AM
 
Location: NY/LA
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You aren't doing any research and are expecting to get a $500 a night hotel for $50 and that's not going to happen.

I spend a couple of hours researching and always end up with fantastic results.

Go to BiddingForTravel.com - The informed Priceline Travel Bidding Forum or Forums - Priceline and Hotwire Hotels, Bidding Help, Hotel Lists, Forum and start reading.

A little bit of research goes a long way.

I've been bidding since the site came out and have never once been disappointed.

I also never bid for anything below 3 stars.
For a few years, I used to visit the bidding for travel site for all our trips, and had some pretty good results... $99/night at the Marriott Waikiki, $70/night at the Omni in Philadelphia, $65/night at the Hyatt Regency in Boston, etc. This was several years ago, but still good deals at the time. There are definitely ways to improve your chances on these bidding sites, but they require some effort.

Now that we're older, we value service and perks more than getting the lowest price, so we always book direct with the hotels.

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Old 10-06-2017, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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I prefer Priceline's Express Deals, particularly for hotels. Also, there are tricks/sites to find out which hotel you're getting even if its technically "hidden" before you're approved. I've found name your own price to not come even close to, for instance, car rental prices directly from services like Enterprise. When I was looking for a car rental in NYC via name your own price, I had already found a quote from the Enterprise website (at LGA) for $45/day. Thinking I could beat that price with name your own price, I tried for a better deal. Curious after my bids for $45 and $50 were too low, I bid all the way up to $75/day and was still told the bid was "too low"
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Old 10-07-2017, 08:56 PM
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Location: Pittsburgh
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I've never had a bad experience. I only bid on 4 star hotels and above in major cities. It's usually a Westin or Marriott, sometimes a W (not my fave but okay$. I use the betterbidding site to help determine which one I'll end up with at a certain price point.
I also never had a bad experience. Always great, but I go 4 star and up.
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:10 PM
 
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Unless you are a poor college student or really strapped for cash, Priceline Name Your Own Price option is pure garbage. Every-time I "win" a bid it ends up being a dump, and I don't say that very often. The hotels are often 1-2 stars below what the site advertises. The hotels more often than not have lackluster reviews and many are 20-30 years past their prime. Some hotels are so decrepit, they should pay people to stay there. I have also at times said "screw it" and re-booked at a different hotel even if that means I'm out 50,60,70 bucks.
There's an old saying in life: "You get what you pay for".

It doesn't matter how it is advertised. If it is cheap than there is a reason. Quality hotel rooms take money to build and maintain. You can look around many cities and communities and see formerly good hotels that have deteriorated. The first sign is when they lose their affiliation with Holiday Inn, Hilton, or Best Western Motels.

Its a lesson that too me longer to learn than it should have. However, markets are very efficient at allocating resources. You want a good anything than you have to pay for it. There are very few exceptions to this rule.
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:22 PM
 
Location: When will Hell Freeze Phoenix, AZ
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I use AirBnb everywhere except Vegas. Even overseas.
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